Jumping Cat Monastery

   Buddhist monks at the Nga Phe Kyaung monastery on the shores of Inle Lake in Shan State trained cats to jump through hoops to wile away quiet days. This has become a popular attraction for foreign tourists, although the 150-year-old monastery also has a collection of interesting Buddha images and is an excellent example of Shan wooden religious architecture. That the performing cats are named after Hollywood movie starsLeonardo di Caprio, Demi Moore, Brad Pitt-shows the steady progress of globalization in Burma.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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